[es-tuh-kah-duh; Spanish es-taw-kah-thah]
the thrust of the sword by the matador into the bull in the final stage of a bullfight, designed to kill the bull.

1570–80; < Spanish < Middle French estoqu(ier) to give sword thrusts (see estoc) + Spanish -ada -ade1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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